Welcome to the Peoria County Bar Association

President's Message 

Since the holidays the PCBA has been hard at work.  The winter CLE series has been completed successfully, the 109th Lincoln Memorial Banquet concluded, and the PCBA will soon be technologically out of the dark ages.  Recently the Board approved funding to secure modern technology, including a new website.  With Spring comes more activity.  The Tried and True:  Part IV Seminar will be held on May 19.  The Brown Bag series began on March 1.  Justice Karmeier will be the keynote speaker at Law Day festivities on May 4.  The YLC is embarking on a new format for Law Day as it will be held in the evening.  This is a great opportunity for our members to buy tickets for their children and meet the Chief Justice.  

Jerelyn Maher


Brown Bag Series 2017 Download Registration form.

March 22 Effective Networking for Attorneys - Steve Fretzin - 12:00 - 1:00 - webinar
March 29 - DUI and Cannabis Law* - 12:00 - 1:00 - PCBA Board Room

April 10, 2017 Workers' Compensation Lunch Seminar To register online click here.  
Featuring opening remarks by Arbitrator William R. Gallagher 
Back by popular demand: Jessica Bell and Kevin Elder, who will lead a discussion on the Crittenden case.
Location:  Kenny's Westside Pub, 112 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria
Registration is only $35 and lunch buffet is included. 
Click here to register.


May 19, 2017 - Tried and True:  Part IV  Professional Responsibility in Famous American Trials
Download registration form.  To register online click here.  Early registration discount ends May 5; registration deadline is May 12.

In this two hour Professional Responsibility CLE, the presenters will highlight four historically significant American trials as their source for a discussion of Rules of Professional Conduct.  The cases to be discussed will be:  
George Harrison Plagiarism Trial, and Conflicts of Interest.  Presented by Mike Lied
Sam Sheppard Murder Trial, and Courtroom Decorum.  Presented by Maureen Williams
Trial of the Insurgents at Wounded Knee, and Civil Unrest.  Presented by Hon. Glenn Collier
Ford Pinto Homicide Trial, and Representing Corporations.  Presented by Kevin Miller


2017 Winter Series Click here to purchase DVDs -- Civil Practice, Damages, Business & Real Estate, Estate Planning & Probate, and Family Law


Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring 
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (ILSCCP) began its 2016-17 Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program with an orientation in July.  Guest speaker was Sonni Choi Williams, a PCBA member who is a member of the ILSCCP.  This is a voluntary one-year program available for new lawyers admitted to practice in Illinois no more than two years prior to beginning the program and mentor lawyers admitted to the practice in Illinois not less than six years.  You may register online at http://lawyermentor.ilsccp.org/pcba/

As a young attorney the thought of finally being in the legal profession, alone, and without the support of your law school professors and faculty members can be quite overwhelming for some.  However, that is why programs like the PCBA’s mentoring program are so important because they are very beneficial to the development of young attorneys.  Over the past year I have come to truly appreciate the value of the PCBA mentoring program, and I am grateful the committee selected me, in addition to many other young attorneys in our area to participate in the program.  When I initially applied for the program I had one goal, and that was to learn as much as possible about the ins and outs of the actual practice of law from an experienced attorney here in Peoria, Illinois.  Needless to say, by being paired with Tracy Pitzen my expectations were exceeded.   When we met, Mr. Pitzen brought the perspective of a solo practitioner who has practiced in Peoria and the surrounding area for decades, and who has seen the ups and downs that come with our profession.  By meeting with Mr. Pitzen I learned what it truly takes to succeed in the legal profession.  But, most importantly, I learned how invaluable it is to be paired up with an individual you did not know prior to participating in the program.  This act gives young attorneys an opportunity to leave their comfort zone and to form a professional relationship in a mentor/mentee capacity with someone new, and I am a profound believer in the fact that one can never have too many mentors.  As such, I would recommend the mentoring program to both young and experienced attorneys.

Arsenio L. Mims
Law Clerk
Senior District Judge Michael Mihm
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois





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